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Government orders review of GM threat

03 March 1999
Government orders review of GM threat

THE government has ordered a review of research suggesting that its guidelines to stop genetically modified crops contaminating conventional varieties are inadequate …more…
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Government orders review of GM threat

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Government orders review of GM threat

THE government has ordered a review of research suggesting that its guidelines to stop genetically modified crops contaminating conventional varieties are inadequate …more…
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Government orders review of GM threat

03 March 1999
Government orders review of GM threat

THE government has ordered a review of research suggesting that its guidelines to stop genetically modified (GM) crops contaminating conventional varieties are inadequate.

Environment minister Michael Meacher ordered the review after findings published yesterday (Tuesday) suggested that GM pollen can cross-pollinate conventional crops several miles away.

Government regulations currently consider a 200m “exclusion zone” sufficient to prevent pollen from GM crops cross-pollinating conventional GM-free varieties.

But the report, which was commissioned by the pro-organic Soil Association, suggests that bees and wind can carry pollen many miles given suitable weather.

“Substantial evidence exists for long-range transport of considerable numbers of pollen grains,” writes Dr Jean Emberlin, director of the National Pollen Research Unit.

“It is clear that evidence the maize pollen spreads far beyond the 200m cited in several reports as being an acceptable separation distance.”

Members of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), which advises the government on GM crop trials, rejected the data as absurd.

But farmers with organic crops are worried that, if GM cross-pollination occurs, they will lose their organic status.

The Soil Association, which sets the standards for organic farmers, has threatened to withdraw the organic certification of any crop contaminated with GM material.

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